Hot & Cold: The Frozen Desert at swissnex

We’ve hauled “The Third Space” back from the burning hot Nevada desert…and pulled in the sounds of ice and melting snow. Celebrate, shiver, and sweat with swissnex as we close out 2012.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


December 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Come in. Cool down. Warm up.

swissnex wraps up its 2012 run of events with a celebration of extremes, exemplified by the installation at the center of this year’s holiday celebration: a painstakingly assembled structure made entirely of zip-ties.

The Third Space was developed by renowned Swiss design duo Greutmann Bolzern and their students at the Academy of Arts in Munich and showcased in Munich and Switzerland and at Design Miami. Then, swissnex took the piece into the unforgiving sands and sunshine of the Black Rock Desert this past summer for the Burning Man Festival. It is now back in San Francisco for the cold season and brings with it a bit of the desert’s warmth as we head into winter.

The Third Space is a demonstration of poetic simplicity, showing our continued ability to create unique worlds with the most basic materials. The sprawling, ice statue-like, white plastic installation could not have stood in greater contrast to its blazingly hot surroundings at Burning Man. swissnex now brings this duality back to the city—hot and cold, in sounds and images, and with food and drinks.

Swiss-Colombian sound artist Jorge Bachmann responds to The Third Space by creating his own deep-chilled mix of acoustic concoctions and field recordings captured around Lake Tahoe in California that track melting snow and ice. swissnex’s own Luc Meier, bidding farewell to San Francisco before heading to new adventures, will take over for Bachmann later to bring his own eclectic musical tastes to the evening.

Come celebrate with us and discover a lounge that invites you to lie down, share, and take a shared look into 2013 and the future.


7:00 pm  doors open
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm  open bar and buffet
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm  sound performance by Jorge Bachmann
9:00 pm  opening basement cave
9:00 – 11:00 pm  DJ Luc Meier & Friends


Jorge Bachmann

Jorge Bachmann, aka [ruidobello], is a photographer and multimedia/sound artist. He has collected field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. He creates sound atmospheres meant for deep listening that are often composed in symbiosis with sculptural installations that explore social and sensual constructs and experiences. He has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and South America, including appearances at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and projects with the MoBu Dance Group. He has also been the Technical Director and Resident Artist of San Francisco’s Soundwave Festival since 2005.


Luc Meier

Born in Vevey, Switzerland, Luc Meier has entertained an actively peripheral relationship to sound over the past decade. As a journalist, he has reported on contemporary music practices for magazines, newspapers, and websites in Switzerland and elsewhere. At the same time, he has helped stage music tours and events in Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. Along the way, Luc has occasionally provided background music for the tinnitus crowd, with sets favoring accidental coherence over planned linearity that run the gamut from the quasi-inaudible edges of electro-acoustics to Mexican techno via a shabby crew of wayward tunesmiths and beat makers. Full disclosure: Luc is swissnex’s Associate Director and Head of Public Programs & Interdisciplinary Projects.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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